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Job chapter 20

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Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
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This is why my unsettling thoughts compel me to answer, because I am upset!
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I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding makes me reply.
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Don't you know that ever since antiquity, from [the time] man was placed on earth,
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the joy of the wicked has been brief and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?
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Though his arrogance reaches heaven, and his head touches the clouds,
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he will vanish forever like his own dung. Those who know him will ask, "Where is he?"
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He will fly away like a dream and never be found; he will be chased away like a vision in the night.
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The eye that saw him will see [him] no more, and his household will no longer see him.
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His children will beg from the poor, for his own hands must give back his wealth.
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His bones may be full of youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the grave.
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Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth and he conceals it under his tongue,
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though he cherishes it and will not let it go but keeps it in his mouth,
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yet the food in his stomach turns into cobras' venom inside him.
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He swallows wealth but must vomit it up; God will force it from his stomach.
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He will suck the poison of cobras; a viper's fangs will kill him.
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He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
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He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming [it]; he doesn't enjoy the profits from his trading.
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For he oppressed and abandoned the poor; he seized a house he did not build.
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Because his appetite is never satisfied, he does not escape his desires.
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Nothing is left for him to consume; therefore, his prosperity will not last.
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At the height of his success distress will come to him; the full weight of misery will crush him.
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When he fills his stomach, God will send His burning anger against him, raining [it] down on him while he is eating.
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If he flees from an iron weapon, [an arrow from] a bronze bow will pierce him.
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He pulls it out of his back, the flashing tip out of his liver. Terrors come over him.
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Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. A fire unfanned [by human hands] will consume him; it will feed on what is left in his tent.
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The heavens will expose his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him.
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The possessions in his house will be removed, flowing away on the day of God's anger.
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This is the wicked man's lot from God, the inheritance God ordained for him.